Ending a romantic relationship can be stressful for both partners, particularly if they have been married for a long time. It’s not a decision that should be taken lightly, but it is often the best thing all around.
When you add young children into the mix, things become more complicated. It’s no longer only about you and your spouse, but what’s best for the children too. In fact, the best interests of the child should be the priority for both parents, and it certainly will be for the family court.
Divorce is never going to be easy, but there are a few ways that you can make it less stressful for your children. Outlined below are a few things to keep in mind.
Keep a stable routine
Divorce will inevitably bring about some significant changes. Usually, one parent moves out of the family home and finds a new place. This means that the children have to travel from one place to the next and live between two homes. Nonetheless, outside of this, many of the same routines can be kept.
For example, the child can remain at the same school, have the same friends and carry out the activities they traditionally have with their parents. For instance, if the children usually attend a sports event each week with a certain parent, this tradition can continue. Having as much stability and routine as possible post-divorce will really benefit the kids.
Maintain a united front
If possible, it will also benefit the children to see that there is no animosity between parents despite their separation. If you are able to keep a united front and explain that your joint love for them has not changed, then this can be a source of comfort. Whatever has happened in your romantic relationship doesn’t necessarily have to impact your co-parenting abilities.
Navigating a divorce and custody case can be tricky. But, with the right legal support behind you, you can assert your parental rights and reach an agreement that suits your children.